WA NORML 2017 State Of The Session Report (Part 2)

M. Bailey Hirschburg is a long time advocate of justice reform with expertise in drug policy and a focus on marijuana law. He is director of Thurston County NORML and was the south sound volunteer organizer for 2012's Initiative 502 which legalized and regulated adult marijuana use statewide.

What we lobbied for, What we got, and Will we be able to do it again? By Bailey Hirschburg WASHINGTON: For the first time Washington NORML had a regular lobbyist in Olympia this year. The truth is NORML has almost always been staffed by volunteer activists. That’s what I was, at a NORML chapter in Read the full article…

WA NORML 2017 State Of The Session Report

State of the Session

By Bailey Hirschburg While the special session called by Gov. Jay Inslee wrapped up on July 20th, the majority of Washington NORML’s lobby work was completed in early May. The best summary of our WA NORML’s legislative impact and agenda process is that it was appropriately ambitious. While several goals, personal cultivation for adults and Read the full article…

WSLCB NOTICE OF RULE MAKING – Pre-proposal – #17-11

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WASHINGTON: The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board would like your input on the attached proposed rule changes (CR-102) to amend rules in Chapter 314-55 WAC related to Marijuana Producers Licenses and Tiers, and related rules. This notice can be found at lcb.wa.gov/laws/laws-and-rules under Proposed Rules. The Liquor and Cannabis Board encourages you to give input on this Read the full article…

Trump, Lamestream Media & Cannabis

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by Bailey Hirschburg Donald Trump really hasn’t said much about marijuana as president-elect/president. His administration meanders from strong to modest opposition, depending on who’s talking. This is because cable news is in a nebulous area where media personalities, the president’s staff, channel advertisers, and occasionally everyday people brief Trump from the comfort of his TV. Read the full article…

OMNICANNABIS: The WA State Senate Made Behemoth Pot Legislation, And It May Be Too Big To Fail

there’s enough that I like in ESSB 5131 to make it worth passing.

by Bailey Hirschburg WASHINGTON: In lawmaking jargon, omnibus legislation is a single bill that has lots of topics or issues with a loose theme. Anything can be, but until recently marijuana was usually part of a omnibus drug/crime bills, not the centerpiece. The common attitude at the Capital in Olympia is that bills shouldn’t be Read the full article…

Read Up, Reach Out, And Help Reform Marijuana Laws

Read up, reach out, and help reform marijuana laws.

By Bailey Hirschburg, Legislative Associate, WA NORML PAC WASHINGTON: Tuesday, March 7th is our 2017 Cannabis Community Lobby Day in Olympia. Even if you aren’t able to join us, you can still help. Below are several bills that impact recreational and medical cannabis consumers and could be passed into law this year or early next Read the full article…

WA NORML 2017 Cannabis Lobby Day at WA State Capital In Olympia Is March 7th

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WASHINGTON: The cannabis community in Washington is activating once again for the annual Lobby Day in Olympia.  This year’s theme is “Building Community Through Relationships” and Washington NORML is doing that by bringing together cannabis consumers and members of our legal industry to meet with lawmakers, according to Kevin Oliver, executive director of WANORML. “We will be discussing Read the full article…

Grow-less In Seattle: A Tale Of Two Home Growing Bills

Home grow is a good thing

By Bailey Hirschburg WASHINGTON: If you’ve been following legalization in Washington,  you probably know that we’re the only one of the eight legal states (plus the District of Columbia) that does not allow adults to grow their own cannabis at home. Initiative 502′s authors decided to drop home grow, in an effort to broaden its appeal. Washington’s initiative Read the full article…

WA NORML Pac Lobbyist: Growing Opportunities For Cannabis Consumers

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By M. Bailey Hirschburg WASHINGTON: It’s difficult asking people to get excited about lobbyists. Who can blame them? There are enough examples of lobbyists putting personal gain and access to power ahead of public good, or striking deals on issues they barely care about just to cash a paycheck. Still, I’m excited to be a Read the full article…

WA Gov Inslee To Sign Bill Changing Medical Marijuana Rules

With Oregon's recreational market about to come online, the bill could have particular implications for border counties such as Clark County.

WASHINGTON: Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to sign into law an overhaul of Washington’s medical marijuana market that seeks to eliminate unregulated dispensary sales now that the state’s recreational market is in place. Among the provisions of the measure Inslee was to sign Friday afternoon is the creation of a voluntary database of patients. Unregistered patients Read the full article…